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Your Community Calendar: Feb. 3, 2013

Posted: February 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The 35th annual St. Clare's Lenten Fish Fries will begin 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 and run every Friday through March 22 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Canyon Country. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

 

Third Thursdays

The city of Santa Clarita hosts a themed party 7-11 p.m. every third Thursday of the month, on Main Street in Newhall. Free. Enjoy live music and entertainment, art displays, food trucks and more. Info: 661-250-3787 or
www.sensesonmain.com.

Fridays ongoing

St. Clare’s 35th Annual Lenten Fish Fries will be held Fridays Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Dinner is served from 4:30 – 8 p.m. Menu: Beer Battered Alaskan Cod, Rice Pilaf or French Fries, Coleslaw, Rolls, $8.50 for a 2-piece dinner, $9.50 for a 3-piece dinner. Take out is available. Proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. St. Clare is located at 19606 Calla Way in Canyon Country. 661-252-3353, www.st-clare.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 6

The College of the Canyons theater department will hold auditions for spring productions Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday Feb. 6. This spring’s lineup includes “subUrbia” and “Lend Me a Tenor.” Those auditioning should prepare a contemporary monologue no longer than two minutes. Info: 661-362-3432.

Thursday, Feb. 7

The Sweethearts for Education wine tasting event will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Salt Creek Grill, 24415 Town Center Dr. Santa Clarita. Event costs $50 and features appetizers and raffles for Valentine’s Day inspired gift baskets. Proceeds support the Castaic Education Foundation along with teachers and students within the Castaic Union School District. Info: 661-373-4574 or www.castaiceducation.org

Friday, Feb. 8

Queen of Hearts Masquerade Ball, 6-11 p.m. Canyon Theatre Guild’s Valentine fundraiser at the Valencia Country Club. Dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing. Tickets: $100. Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Info: 661-799-2702.

The Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita will will host a monthly meeting Friday Feb. 8 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers 23630 Valencia Blvd. Valencia. This meeting will include award presentations along with a lecture on telescopes, a review of winter constellations and a Q&A session. Telescope viewing will be held after the meeting. There will be a brief description of nearby viewing sites. Public invited. Info: Kathryn Kazmer at 661-713-4828.

Saturday, Feb. 9

On Saturday, Feb. 9 bring your special someone to Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark to experience “Romance at the Rancho.” Docent-led tours will focus on the love stories of couples associated with Camulos. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the beautiful romantic setting. A special treat will also be provided. The suggested donation is $14 per couple. Call 805-521-1501 to make a reservation. Rancho Camulos is on Highway 126, 2 miles East of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5 at Santa Clarita and will be open for Romance at the Rancho as well as regular tours, 1-4 p.m. The Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark Museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: (805) 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org

The annual Sweetheart Gala hosted by SCV Women and Men of Honor to benefit Cardiac Care Services at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Dinner and dancing to the Jimmy Carnelli Orchestra. For reservations email shelleyhannpresents@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Free educational talk about the benefits of Reiki by Reiki Master Joan Darlene. What is Reiki? How can it change your life? Find out 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Reserve your space by calling 805-338-7040.

Thursday, Feb. 21

The Burbank African Violet Society hosts its next monthly club meeting 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 21, at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 West Magnolia Blvd., in Burbank. The program will be presented by guest speaker “Mike” from Green Arrow Nursery and the topic will be on “Rose Cultivation.” Guests are always welcome. Info: 818- 951-3597.

Friday, Feb. 22

Zonta Club of SCV seeks nomination for ‘Women in Service.’ The Women in Service celebration allows the community to recognize women in SCV who have made a difference in the community or improved the status of women. Participating organizations nominate a member, after which nominations one person will be selected for the Carmen Sarro Award. Nominations must be returned by Feb. 22. Celebration event will be held Saturday, March 23, at Robinson Ranch. Info: Nominations are available at www.scvzonta.org or call 661-252-9351.

Saturday, Feb. 23

The Xi Nu Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will hold its annual Lasagna Dinner Saturday, Feb. 23 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Money raised from the event goes to the Santa Clarita Scholarship Foundation. Tickets to the Lasagna Dinner are $30 per person. Call Barbara 661-259-1649.

Table sponsors have until Feb. 15 to make reservations for the SCV Senior Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Event to be held 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, with tickets costing $100 per person. Info: 661-259-9444 or visit www.scv-seniorcenter.org.

Saturday, March 2

College of the Canyons Foundation 2013 Silver Spur Celebration dinner to be held 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at The Globe Theater, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Dinner and auction to honor Barry and Pati Gump, ticket prices to be determined. Info: 661-362-3737 or cindy.biehahn@canyons.edu.

Saturday, March 16

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley hosts the fifth annual Poker Tournament 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Valencia Summit Clubhouse 24600 Buy-in is $100.and a spectator ticket is $35. Tickets can be purchased at www.siscv.com. Tickets also include Irish fare and one drink. Blackjack games will also be available during the event for $40. First place winner will receive a seat at the World Series of Poker. Second place will receive a flat screen TV and Blu-ray player. Third place will receive an Apple iPad. Info: Terra Bruns at 661-373-0151.

Saturday, March 23

Individual and team walkers and runners can now sign up online to participate in Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s Third Annual Walk for Kids with Cancer, scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium. This year’s event will also include a Run. The early bird registration rate for walkers is $25 per person before March 1. The registration fee for the run is $30 before March 1 and $35 after March 1. The walk will begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. Registration for the run will begin at 7 a.m., with the run starting at 8 a.m. The fundraiser will take place rain or shine. To register online, visit www.MHF.org.

Thursday, April 25

The 12th annual LUNAFEST fundraising film festival will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Downtown Newhall. LUNAFEST, hosted by the Zonta Club of SCV, promotes awareness about women’s issues by highlighting nine short films made by women filmmakers. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Zonta Club’s local and global programs. General admission is $25. Info: 661-886-5967 or www.scvzonta.org or www.lunafest.org.

 

Ongoing

Gently used

clothing needed

Wayman Cleaners is collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories such as purses to distribute to the homeless and low-income populations in and around the SCV. Clothes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Wayman Cleaners, 23120 Lyons Ave, Suite 15, New-hall. Info: 661-259-5857.



Assistance League

seeks sponsors

Assistance League Santa Clarita is now accepting sponsorships for their annual “Operation School Bell 5K Run/Walk”. Race day is Sunday, May 5 with all proceeds benefiting the philanthropic programs of the local Chapter, including Operation School Bell. Last year over 2000 SCV school children in need received clothing and shoes. Consider supporting this year’s event with a sponsorship or as a race participant. For information or to donate contact: Alsantaclarita@gmail.com, 661-259-8019 or visit www.assistanceleaguesantaclarita.org.



Read With Me! seeks volunteer readers

The SCV Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students improve their reading skills in local public schools for this school year. You will have an opportunity to impact a child’s life, gain a new friend and a new sense of purpose. For more information visit www.scveducationfoundation.org or contact Ann Unger at aunger@scveducationfoundation.org or 661-414-4465.



Low-cost spay & neuter services

AngelDogs Foundation provides low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats through its mobile clinic the first three Wednesdays of each month at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon, Saugus. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or www.angeldogsfoundation.org.



Unwanted paint

SCV disposal sites

SCV community members can now dispose of used or unwanted paint for free at three local drop-off sites, including Sherwin-Williams, Vista Paint and Dunn Edwards. Sherwin-Williams is located at 21021 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country; Vista Paint is located at 20655 Soledad Canyon #1, Canyon Country and Dunn Edwards is located at 25520 The Old Road, Valencia. To find other paint drop-off locations in Southern California, visit the Statewide Database at Paintcare.org/California.



Manga Club meets at Barnes and Noble

The Manga Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hosted by Cassie. Info: 661-254-5903.



Walking Wonders group at Rioux Park

Walking Wonders welcomes beginning, intermediate or advanced walkers, go at your own pace, 8:30-9:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Drive Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 6233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Info: 661-222-9536.



Men of Harmony Chorus seeks voices

The SCV Men of Harmony Chorus meets 7:30-9:45 p.m. every Tuesday, Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley Street Santa Clarita. The group’s specialty is singing in four-part harmony without musical accompaniment, also known as a cappella singing. All singing men in any voice range are welcome. The 15-man group entertains for local organizations and enjoys vocalizing on a regular basis. Wouldn’t you rather sing along than sing alone? Info: Dave Norman at 661-259-6109, www.scmenofharmony.com.



Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Free family nature walk and native live animal presentation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., every Saturday. Docent-led bird walk every second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. Blooms of the Season wildflower walk every fourth Saturday, 9:30 a.m.. Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, New-hall. Info: 661-259-7721,
info@placerita.org or www.placerita.org.



Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club

The Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club is a nonprofit organization and the focal point for all things Corvette locally. For information on monthly meetings visit www.scvcc.org.



The Lost Patrol support group

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355, chapter meeting/brunch held monthly, usually at 10 a.m., third Sunday of every month, at Marie Callender’s, 27630 N. The Old Road, Valencia. Info: 818-508-9626.



Mental illness support group

A support group for family members of those with serious mental illnesses is held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month, Santa Clarita Department of Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, Suite 210, Valencia. Info: 661-360-8002.



Project Return self-help group

Peer support self-help group meets weekly 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays, Santa Clarita Department of Mental Health, 23501 Cinema Drive, suite 200, Valencia. Info: 661-288-4800.



Business counseling by SCORE

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free resources and expertise to existing and start-up businesses in order to maximize their success, including business planning, problem analysis and more. Individual counseling sessions are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Appointments preferred, but not necessary. Info: 661-964-9390, www.scorela.org.



TOPS weight loss support group

TOPS Santa Clarita Chapter, a support group for weight loss, hosts regular meetings 7-8 p.m. every Monday at South Valley Church, Room 6, 24551 Valley St., Newhall. Info: Kathy Beggane at 661-802-1511 or Jeanie Druebert at 818-353-5015.



Rancho Camulos national landmark

 Docent led public tours are available without appointment Saturdays at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and by appointment year-round. See the “Home of Ramona” including the 1853 adobe, 1867 chapel and winery, 1930 schoolhouse, and beautiful grounds, and then view the 1910 silent film “Ramona” that was filmed on location at Rancho Camulos. The suggested donation for the tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children over 5. Entrance to the non-profit museum which is on private property is only allowed with a docent escort. Check the website before going in case of closures due to weather or special activities. The museum is located on Highway 126, 10 miles west of the I-5 freeway near Piru. Info: 805-521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org



SCV Koi & Water Garden Club

The Santa Clarita Valley Koi & Water Garden Club, meets 4 p.m., fourth Sunday of the month at the home and pond of members. The club is made up of people with ponds or those building a pond who want to share ideas and experiences. Info: 661-259-6437 or 661-296-9252.



Open poetry reading at Barnes and Noble

Open poetry reading and vocals 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Barnes and Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Hosted by Ann Alexander. Info: 661-254-5903.



Heads Up volunteer training classes

Heads Up Therapy with Horses, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is accepting candidates for its free volunteer orientation and training classes. Minimum age required is 14; those 14-17 need a parent’s signed approval to join the program. Graduates receive certificate and proceed to extended hands-on training. Heads Up specializes in therapeutic riding and equine therapy interaction sessions for children and adults with special needs and is located in Canyon Country. To sign up, call Nancy at 661-312-6184. Info: 661-297-7433, www.headsuptherapy.org.



Carousel Ranch calls for volunteers

Carousel Ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons to children with special needs. Volunteers must be at least 15. Responsibilities will include working in lessons and ranch chores. Call Gail to sign up for a time and day at 661-268-8010. Carousel Ranch is located at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Aqua Dulce.



SCV Food Pantry needs volunteers

The SCV Food Pantry needs volunteer drivers to pick up donations from local markets and businesses. Drivers must have a valid California driver’s license, the ability to lift 50 lbs. and the willingness to help those less fortunate in the Santa Clarita Valley. Volunteer drivers are asked to commit to one day per week. Regularly scheduled pick ups with Food Pantry vehicles are made Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Substitute drivers are also needed to be available on call. Info: 661-255-9078 or info@scvfoodpantry.org.



Volunteers needed at Senior Center

The SCV Senior Center calls for volunteers for the following tasks: Pack nutritious meals for homebound seniors, 6-10 a.m.; deliver meals to homebound seniors, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; serve meals and clean, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. One day a week is all it takes to make a difference. Info: Robin at 661-259-9444, ext. 110, or rclough@scvsc.org.

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